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Sgraffito Eggs

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito. This is such a fun activity for the whole family - even Daddy had a go!

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

 We are lucky enough to have a constant supply of these beautiful large tinted eggs from our lovely Light Sussex Hens.  I simply washed and dried them, and then used a hand drill to make small holes in both ends of each egg. 

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

 As kids I think we used a pin to make the holes, and when I bought the syringes and needles from our local agricultural store, the man who served me said he used to use the thorns from Hawthorn bushes.

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

Use the syringe and needle to introduce air into the egg at one end, and the contents will start to be pushed out of the other.  If it is difficult for the yolk to pass out, give the contents a stir with a cocktail stick.  Alternatively, you can use the traditional method of blowing with your mouth.  Once the egg is empty wash it out, and leave to dry.

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

 Paint the dry, clean eggs with acrylic paint.  The eggs you see in this tutorial had two coats applied. We found that we could just get a kebab stick into ours, which held them really nicely for painting!

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

 It's then time to start making your Sgraffito pattern.  I used a punched out butterfly as a template, and used my craft knife to scratch around it to get the outline.  As long as you can grip it safely, I am sure you could use a number of different items; such as a fork prong or map pin.

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

 Once I had scratched out my outline, I added some detail to the body and wings.  It is pretty easy to scratch the paint away.  I repeated the process around my egg until I was satisfied with the effect.

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

We are absolutely delighted with how this project turned out!  The effect is really pretty, and providing you wash you egg out well and allow it to dry before painting, there is no reason why it shouldn't last forever. If you've enjoyed this tutorial, why not check out Decorating Eggs with Decoupage tutorial.

 

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito.

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  • Reply HOW TO MAKE SGRAFFITO EGGS - Mom always knows

    […] a neat idea from our friends at Craft Invaders.  If you want to get creative this Spring, try this for the annual Easter egg hunt!  What do you […]

    December 3, 2017 at 4:24 am
  • Reply Gina

    Sarah, these are so gorgeous! I’ve actually never decorated eggs. Maybe I dyed some once as a kid for Easter. But, never anything like this! I love the way the scratched away paint looks. It’s simply magnificent. I can just imagine how gorgeous a basket of eggs like that would look on my bookshelf. 😉

    March 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Gina, the scratching is a fun technique, we’ve decoupaged some too in another tutorial and they are really pretty 🙂

      March 7, 2017 at 8:12 am
  • Reply Nikki

    I have never blown out an egg. Sounds crazy, I know it. Especially with two children, you would think I would have done this at some point in my life. So this is totally new to me. The end product turned out so pretty, I love the butterfly punch out that you used and I could see a bowl filled with these pieces of art. You could even do some for seasonal decoration.

    February 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The kids loved the egg blowing Nikki, I have to admit it had been years since I last did it. A bowl full would be lovely, and I keep meaning to make some Christmas ones to hang on the tree – maybe next year!

      February 10, 2017 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Kellie

    My grandma used to have blown eggs for decoration. She loved them so much she kept them out all year. I have always been too afraid to try it. Yours are beautiful.

    February 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I remember my grandmother having beautiful Chinese painted ones when we were kids Kellie – we weren’t allowed any where near them of course! Blowing them is pretty easy – we didn’t break any of ours, sadly I’m not a great artist so our decoration is pretty simple but we were still pleased with how they turned out 🙂

      February 10, 2017 at 11:55 am
    • Reply Kellie

      My Grandmas were very simply painted. But they sat in her buffet cabinet with pride. Yours are very well done.

      February 10, 2017 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    What a fun idea Sarah. I’ve only used sgraffito in some of my paintings but it looks so pretty on the eggs. The kids must have enjoyed this so much

    February 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They loved it Michelle, and the egg blowing itself. You forget until you show them something that they don’t know whats possible until they see it done!

      February 10, 2017 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    What a neat technique! I’ve never heard of Sgraffito before, but it looks like a fun way to decorate eggs. Do you think that it would work on wood as well?
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    January 31, 2017 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Linda, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on wood – especially if you use acrylic paint as that wont soak in the way some might, do let me know how you get on if you try it 🙂

      February 10, 2017 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Mary-the boondocks blog

    What a great tutorial for eggs. And they look really artsy and professional. Thanks for sharing with us at Share it link party!
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    March 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Mary, blowing eggs is such good fun – took me straight back to my childhood 🙂

      March 11, 2016 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply A Patchwork Life

    So pretty! Such a lovely effect. My last attempt at blowing out eggs wasn’t the greatest success ever, but it was ages ago, and quite sure I rushed it. Think it could be time for another try!
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    March 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We didn’t have too much trouble with ours – I think giving the contents a stir to break the yolk helps a lot. Let me know how you get on if you give it a go 🙂

      March 9, 2016 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Let kids be kids

    That’s a lovely different way to decorate eggs. Very pretty. might have to give this a try. #Trash2treasure
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    March 7, 2016 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you, it is good fun, and I have seen some really beautiful examples by people who have more artistic talent than me 🙂

      March 9, 2016 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I remember blowing eggs as a kid. I like the syringe idea, I’m guessing it’s easier? The scaffito looks fab
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    March 7, 2016 at 2:04 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I think the syringe method is easier – mixing up the contents definitely helps as well 🙂

      March 9, 2016 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Sherry

    This is such a cute and clever idea. I love decorating with eggs foe Easter. Thanks also for the great instructions.

    March 6, 2016 at 7:07 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you Sherry, they are lots of fun to make – even hubby couldn’t resist getting involved in this craft!

      March 7, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Mudpie Fridays

    This is a brilliant idea for Easter! Those eggs are really beautiful I would love to get hens. I think I will give this a try with Monkey when he is a bit older. I remember doing this with straws when I was a kid although I remember some of them not making it! Thanks for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week x
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    February 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Hens are fab to keep, I’d recommend them to anyone 🙂 The kids loved blowing the eggs – think they couldn’t believe that they heard me right when I first told them what we were going to do!

      February 22, 2016 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Dean of Little Steps

    This looks lovely and a bit difficult to do though, especially with a five-year-old. I might have to try to do this on my own 😉 #BloggersClubUK
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    February 17, 2016 at 10:03 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The scratching is a bit fiddly – my kids enjoyed the actual process of blowing the egg best 🙂

      February 20, 2016 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Jenny Eaves

    This is a fantastic idea and it doesn’t look too difficult either! I love that you used syringes to get the yolk out, we’ve always blown our out by mouth. The butterfly pattern is very sweet, I’m going to try this next Easter for decoration.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x
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    October 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      The syringes work well for anyone who would prefer not to blow them by mouth, although both work well! I’m hoping to get my hands on some goose eggs next to try it with 🙂

      October 21, 2015 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Leandra

    Stunning! Must remember these for Easter #howtosundsys
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    October 18, 2015 at 6:40 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      This is such a fun project to do, we are going to try to make some christmas ones to hang on our tree this year 🙂

      October 18, 2015 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Zena's Suitcase

    What a beautiful but simple idea. I think my kids would love doing this

    September 1, 2015 at 8:23 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Mine particularly enjoyed the egg blowing – we’ve just been given a dremmel so we plan to try our hand at egg carving next which I suspect will be hilarious! Thanks for popping by x

      September 1, 2015 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Ann Winters

    This is brilliant! Love the eggs! 🙂 have to try this one…. Seems perfect for easter decors!
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    August 26, 2015 at 8:18 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Would be perfect at Easter! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment x

      August 26, 2015 at 9:16 pm

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